Mental health support

The COVID-19 pandemic can have a significant impact on mental health.

If you need help, please reach out. There are many resources available to support you. Our Community Resources and Domestic Violence Support pages also list important information for residents. 

Help in Tough Times provides complete information from Alberta Health Services.

If you need to talk, call the 24-hour help line:

  • Mental Health Help Line at 1.877.303.2642
  • Addiction Help Line at 1.866.332.2322
  • Kids Help Phone at 1.800.668.6868

In the Calgary Health Zone you can also call:

  • the Distress Center at 403.266.4357

Airdrie Mental Health Resources

  • Urgent mental health care is available at Airdrie Urgent Care Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • For information and resources specific to addiction and mental health, please contact Access Mental Health at 403.943.1500.
  • Mental health professionals (for more information on counselling services, visit HelpSeeker)
  • Your family physician

Alberta Health Services has also launched a free, text-based service called Text4Hope. By texting COVID19Hope to 393939, you will receive daily text messages on healthy thinking or actions to improve your mood.

 

How are you feeling about the well-being of your loved ones?

Are you concerned about the well-being of a loved one? Here are some changes in behaviour that may indicate someone may need additional help and support.

  • Change in presentation (went from being outgoing to depressed or angry)
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Are they isolating more now?
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Increase in drugs and/or alcohol use
  • Sense of hopelessness

HelpGuide.org is also an excellent resource on mental health and wellness in additional to reaching out to the number listed at the top of this page.

 

How are you keeping busy?

More options are opening up for our residents, but there are still guidelines in place to keep everyone safe and healthy.

We have some neat activities to try around the City that you may not be aware of such as our City of Airdrie Public Art Walk, street art boards or our Art in Transit locations.

 

How are you feeling today?

Ask yourself and others ‘how are you feeling’ and really listen to the answer. As we are faced with a time of uncertainty, it’s easy for worrying to take over your thoughts. The Mayo Clinic outlines a simple ‘grounding technique’ that may help reduce anxiety

As always, if things get too overwhelming to handle on your own, we encourage you to reach out for help using the resources listed at the top of this page.

 

How are you managing being at home with your kids?

We know that a lot of families are feeling stir crazy with kids being kept at home and running out of activities to do. Here are some resources to check out if you're looking for ideas to keep yourself and your kids busy. 

Active for Life 

Active for Life features articles and activities that may provide new things for you and your family to try at home. It also provides some insight for parents on topics such as anxiety, parenting though a pandemic and more.  

Genesis Place Facebook 

Each week, Genesis place posts various activities, workouts, recipes and inspiration that you may find useful in your household. 

Bert Church LIVE Theatre 

Although there are no performances happening at this time, BCLT is providing content to engage audiences from a distance. 

Virtual tours 

Good Housekeeping recently shared an article outlining various virtual tours of museums, zoos and theme parks that your kids can visit from the comfort of their own home.  

 

How are you staying connected with friends and family?

It’s easy to lose track of time and days. We encourage you to pick up the phone and call a family member or friend. You may surprise yourself on how great you feel after the phone call. If you have Skype, FaceTime or another video call program – even better. If you don’t have anyone to call at the moment but you’d like to talk with someone please the numbers listed above are always available to you. 

 

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